The Perfect Chocolate Wine

With Valentine’s Day approaching, wine columnists are busy telling
us what wines to drink with chocolate. I’m no exception, this time, as
my February column in Washingtonian magazine is on this very subject.
My conclusion? While I like exploring dry red wines with various flavored chocolates, the most compatible pairing was Brachetto d’Acqui,
a charming red bubbly from the Piemonte region of northern Italy.
Brachetto has juicy flavors of strawberry and raspberry, low alcohol
(typically around 5%), and it fairly dances with chocolate.
Brachetto is a niche wine to be sure, but adventurous retailers
should have at least one on hand. The most widely available is probably Rosa Regale,
which is imported by Banfi Vintners and retails for about $22 for the
2006 vintage. This delightful wine will help set the Valentine’s mood,
and if you have any leftover, keep it chilled for breakfast.

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